The Dirty Thirty – performed by the Red Leicester Choir

10773It is more than appropriate that in the 30th anniversary year of the Miner’s Strike, the Red Leicester choir have decided to perform my song The Dirty Thirty.

The song commemorates the brave miners in Leicestershire who supported the strike, despite their two and a half thousand colleagues continuing to work throughout.

I love Leicester. I love this song for forging such strong links with so many wonderful people that I wouldn’t know otherwise. Don’t let them write off the power of song. It connects us!

I really love this arrangement by Jane Bursnall, and it is beautifully sung by the lovely, talented folk of Red Leicester Choir.

This recording is from an early rehearsal. It will be being performed next month at the Street Choirs Festival in Hebden Bridge. Can’t wait!

The album version from my When The Sunlight Shines album is also below with full lyrics:


  1. Cee Martin - June 16, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

    Hi Al,
    I can’t manage to listen to the RL version of Dirty Thirty. What do I have to do to hear it? I could listen to yours fine, just not the RL one.
    Hugs, Cee

  2. Janet Mears - June 16, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

    Hi Alan
    As the previous comment I am unable to access the RL version.
    Fraternally Janet.

  3. alunparry - June 17, 2014 @ 4:26 am

    Hiya Cee and Janet

    Did you press the orange play button?

    Let’s know.

    Also, do you have any problems listening to other songs eg How Many People which I posted the other day?

    Thanks for feeding back to me.

    Al x

  4. Clare Scott - June 18, 2014 @ 9:35 pm

    Worked for me, Alun, Cee and Janet. Sounds good but will be even better at the Festival, if tonight’s rehearsal is anything to go by.

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